By : wadeindia | 17 May 2018 | TRENDING WADe TOPICS
Some Literary Delight: Book Launches at WADe Asia 2017: Sangeet Sharma
Book Launches at WADe Asia 2017: Sangeet Sharma
Title: Castles in the Air (2017)
Author: Sangeet Sharma
Publisher: Rumour Book India
Available on Amazon and all leading bookstores
ABOUT THE BOOK
Architecture is one hell of a profession. It is undoubtedly one of the noblest. Building a roof and a shelter over man, Architecture provides joy in habitation.
Author Sangeet Sharma says:
“While Architecture is in itself a spiritual exercise, the practice of the same may not be. The pleasures and pains experienced by me and many others needed to be penned—I did it. The courage required to do so inspire me to lead, and I thought, this was the right path to spew the venom that my heart, and hearts of many others had stored for long. It was important to communicate and regale at it. Writing this book was necessary: Necessary, because the nature of this profession was on a somersault. It was important that someone bell the cat— I became the bell; and I become the cat.”
As Architecture is all about habitat and human comfort, the book is therefore about life, and its challenges. What we learnt in schools and what we practice are often in contradiction. Beginning from college days, to thesis, to opening of an office, procuring a job, interaction with the clients, payments, competitions, running of the office and bearing the challenges of the daily strain in Architecture—all these and more became the basis for this book.
Many contributed to make the framework of this narration: Author’s observant eyes, naughty banter at parties, agonised clients, contriving builders and contractors, jealous fellow professionals, vindictive teachers, unprofessional colleges, supportive professional bodies, lecherous girls at architects’ meets, conniving staff members, clueless government officers, sadistic engineers and high-headed bureaucrats, flawed architectural agreements, uninterested students, unconcerned hostel wardens, aggressive principals, brutal seniors, scheming invigilators, heartless examiners, nagging wives, incompatible families, interfering patrons, egoistic couples, partial journalists and opportunist vendors formed fodder for this book.
As Architecture is all about habitat and human comfort, the book is therefore about life, and its challenges
“The book is purely a work of fiction, but, the incidents in it are not. Stories that unfold in the book may have many parallels in reality.” Some of the occurrences narrated here, without doubt, would have happened to him or others. All said and done, Architecture is not full of pitfalls and hurdles alone but good things don’t need be written about—the unsavory aspects actually glue the readers to a book. The author candidly sums up: “I may be wrong—but not untruthful.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sangeet Sharma is a well-known practicing architect in Chandigarh. He is widely published, awarded, quoted and celebrated for his sustainable and contemporary modern architecture.
Sangeet is a multifaceted personality: An architect, poet, architectural critic, artist, author, motivational speaker, thinker, and a musician.
He has authored four books on Architecture: Architalks, (A3F Publications) Step by Step Hospital Designing and Planning (JayPee Publications), Architecture Life & Me (Rupa & Co.), and Corb’s Capitol (A3F Publications). He has also published a book on English poetry titled ‘The touch of moon’.
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About WADE Asia Conference & Awards
WADe ASIA, the prestigious national conference on Architecture, Interior Design, Art and Engineering, is open to all facets of topics & discussions on design. Deliberately, the WADe AWARDS are restricted to be applied only by women of the fraternity. It is WADe ASIA's mission to bring the entire community together to celebrate the Women-led Design, Architecture, Construction& Development.
Here is a video that talks about the purpose of WADe ASIA.